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Alienware Steam Machine 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB Aug 2016
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Just Released Three Months Ago

As one of the newer desktop computers, this personal computer is likely to use more advanced technology.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many recently released desktop computers.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Steam Machine has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other new similar spec computers. The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of few processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Steam Machine is 4.4GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 64GB.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of few processor core personal computers that have been available for the last year is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 790MHz to 1,200MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the Steam Machine has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst few processor core personal computers of this age.

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Good Brand

We assessed average ratings for each desktop computer manufacturer and found that whilst Alienware has good average ratings across all PCs, Alienware has poor ratings specifically within its few processor core personal computers range.

HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that came out in the last year. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

We compared this PC to all the other HDD personal computers and we think cheaper PCs such as the DELL OptiPlex 3020M, and the Lenovo E73 is also worth considering.

If the storage speed of this personal computer is too slow for you then you might want to consider the OptiPlex 3040 ($540.60) (SSD), or the OptiPlex 3040 (SSD) both from DELL or the HP 400 G3 SFF (SSD).

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many desktop computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Steam Machine has more HDMI port than most of the similar spec computers that have been around for the last year. This computer is a two HDMI port personal computer compared to most of the few processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine which only have one HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on few processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on few processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Short

The average height of new PCs is 230mm. With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Steam Machine is quite short compared to most of the other new few processor core personal computers.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of few processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Steam Machine is 100MHz, the fastest is 690MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 330MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Steam Machine.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most few processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Steam Machine which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Steam Machine has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other recently released few processor core personal computers. Across all the latest PCs the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 21GB/s to 35GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Steam Machine supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most similar spec PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

A 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across all few processor core personal computers that came out in the last year.

Across similar types of computer the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4.4.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

When compared to other similar spec PCs that were released around the same time as the Steam Machine, the Steam Machine's hard drive capacity of only 500 gigabytes is one of the smallest. The smallest hard drive capacity of few processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Steam Machine is 500GB, the biggest is 1TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 650GB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 500GB hard drive capacity PCs currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the DELL OptiPlex 3020M.

If you want a bigger hard drive capacity then you might want to consider the Acer Veriton X2640G (1TB and cheaper); or the Lenovo 510s (1TB and higher rated).

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Steam Machine is a two USB 2.0 port PC. Most of the other PCs that have been on the market for the last year have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of few processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year is 1,600MHz, the fastest is 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Steam Machine has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst few processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

With a system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Steam Machine has a fairly low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other personal computers that came out around the same time as the Steam Machine. The system bus data transfer rates of few processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Steam Machine range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Steam Machine

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Steam Machine has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other personal computers that are a similar age to the Steam Machine.

Computers with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo E73 (3.6GHz), or the DELL 3650 (3.7GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other recently released few processor core personal computers.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 500GB total storage capacity PCs currently available including cheaper PCs such as the DELL OptiPlex 3020M.

If you would prefer a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo 510s (1TB and higher rated).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Alienware Steam Machine has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Steam Machine.

There are a number of alternative 4GB memory desktop computers currently available that you might also want to look at including the Acer Veriton X2632G which is cheaper.

Personal computers with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo 510s (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Intel Virtualization Technology

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Expert Reviews

(31)
30 December 2015

The Alienware Steam Machine is great for existing PC gamers who want to easily extend the Steam experience across the rest of their home or dorm room (which could be a great use environment for a...

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24 December 2015

Linux currently has access to roughly one-fifth of the entire Steam library.Our particular Steam Machine is running the same mobile graphics card that its Alienware Alpha counterpart... Read more…

7 December 2015

Hardwareheaven.com

Earlier this year we saw a few manufacturers bring systems based on the Steam Machine idea to market. They lacked a few things though, some basic like official branding and others more significant... Read more…

22 November 2015

The Alienware Steam Machine is unlike any computer I've ever used before. It's built small enough to fit seamlessly with your living room entertainment center while also providing an excellent... Read more…

19 November 2015

If you love PC gaming, and are specifically a long-time Steam user who loves PC gaming, then you owe it to yourself to give this puppy a go. If you're a gamer who's lukewarm on PC gaming ?...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 by LH

I was a PS4 person myself, I decided to invest into a PC, I have not played the PS4 in 5 months, the Alienware alpha will run any game I have thrown at it, including: Arma 3, Battlefield 4..., I... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Amazon Customer | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Loved this machine for the 5 days that it functioned. After my five days, the Steam machine wouldn't turn on, the light on the front just flashed yellow. After investigating, I found there is no... Read more…

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